Oddazzi (or Odasi), Giovanni

Oddazzi (Or Odasi), Giovanni an Italian painter noted for his attainments in sacred art, was born at Rome in 1603. He first studied under Ciro Ferri, and on the death of that master became the pupil of Gio. Battista Gaulli, called Baciccio. The liveliness of his genius and his remarkable industry gained him great distinction and a multitude of commissions, not only for the churches and public edifices, but for individuals. He was one of the twelve artists selected to paint the. prophets in fresco in St. John of Lateran. The prophet Hosea, produced by Oddazzi; was especially much commended for correctness of design and dignity of expression. His most remarkable works, however, are the Fall of Lucifer and his Angels in the church of Santi Apostoli, and St. Bruno in S. Maria degli Angeli. By aiming at the celerity and rapid execution of Baciccio, without possessing his powers, he proved but a feeble imitator of his style; and his design is frequently careless and incorrect, though he had a commanding facility and great freedom of the pencil. He died in 1731.

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